Forced absence from Europa League frustrates Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Tom Cleverly has returned to training by will miss the trip to the Emirates Stadium

Tom Cleverly has returned to training by will miss the trip to the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal was coming off a three match losing spree in the premier league.

Aubameyang played for Dortmund in this season's Champions League but they finished third in their group to drop into the knockout phase of the Europa League, where Arsenal are competing.

One route into Europe's elite club tournament would be by winning the Europa League, but Arsenal will need to do it without Aubameyang who is cup-tied and can not play.

Arsenal will judge Shkodran Mustafi's fitness on Monday ahead of their Europa League fixture against AC Milan this week.

I regret that we couldn't take our chances and after that, in the second half, we suffered a bit because Watford put us under pressure. "I have to deal with it". I can't play every three days.

"Well, I always say when you go through a hard period, the last thing you change is your work, your attitude and your precision in the every day work that you do. It is not easy".

That run of 11 games appeared to be destined to continue growing, until he helped Arsenal batter Watford 3-0 at the Emirates on Sunday.

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Meanwhile, Mesut Ozil will also remember the day fondly after racking up his 50th assist for Arsene Wenger's men when delivering a pin-point free-kick for Mustafi's goal.

'It is a big win. Whenever I play against Arsenal, I'll go up and think "let me whack the first one and see who wants it".

"Now I am feeling better". I don't know what Arsenal was thinking, but I'm happy with him.

It's natural for him to support Wenger, though how long he'll play for the manager is yet to be determined.

The last time the 35-year-old kept a clean sheet in the league came back on December 16, when Arsenal beat Newcastle 1-0 at home, and he was relieved to finally get over the line.

Thousands of seats remained empty at the Emirates, as fans boycotted the home match, after disappointing recent performances.

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